Here is a YouTube video telling us how stamps are made… Stamps are printed in an intricate and closely-scrutinized process. The production techniques have evolved considerably since 1840, when the stamp was first printed. There are secure features in place (within the design ) to protect them against fraud.       Advertisements

    Have you ever noticed that the Queen faces right on coins and left on postage stamps??           In 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father, King George VI, new stamps were needed. The current standard British stamp has a Machin design (so called after its designer Arnold Machin). […]

A First Day Cover (FDC) is an envelope or card with a stamp (postage), which is cancelled on it’s first day of sale – by the postal authorities. An FDC comprises of  a stamp, First Day of Issue cancel (also known as a Postmark ) and a cachet ( pronounced ka-shay), which compliments or tells us something about the stamp. The cachet may or may not be […]

  Artists, designers, engravers and administrative officials are involved with the choice of the subject matter and the method of printing stamps. Early stamp images were almost always produced from engravings — a design was etched into a steel die, which was then hardened and its impression was transferred to a printing plate. Using this method was […]

There are many different kinds of stamps. Some of them are, Definitive Stamps:  Definitive stamps are commonly used stamps and stay in circulation for a long time. Commemorative Stamps:  Commemorative stamps celebrate a social or historical event of national importance. Thematic Stamps:  These stamps have a common theme such as flowers, animals, fish, frogs etc.. Personalised […]

A postage stamp is a small piece of paper that is purchased and is displayed on an envelope  or any item of mail as evidence of payment of postage. Typically, stamps are printed on a special custom-made paper, show a country’s name and a value on its front. It has adhesive gum on the back or are self-adhesive. Postage stamps are purchased from a postal administration or an authorized […]

  The very first postal services were used by kings and governments only. Their messengers traveled on foot, horseback or sometimes by ship, delivering each message. These messages could take several days (or even weeks or months) to reach its destination. The first public postal service began when the common people wanted to send their […]

You need stamps to send letters around the world – to family and friends. In todays technology oriented world it is known as the “snail mail”. Along with the snail mail comes a colourful and sometimes beautiful stamp! Sometimes a few of them !! I like collecting stamps from around the world..!


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